The day after Pete was killed, I was sitting at the dining room table with Hardtail, just trying to make sense of all that was going on.
My cell phone rang. "Unknown" said the caller ID.
Thought about letting it pass, but I answered it.
"Alan, this is Rick Perry."
Rick Perry was and is the Governor of Texas.
I had never met him, never made a contribution, never known anything about him.
Governor Perry, or Rick as he insisted, talked to me for 35 minutes that day.
He is the Governor of a state of 25 million people.
But he talked to me that day as one father to another.
Very moving story... read the whole thing, it's pretty short but very touching (link).